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Topic Started: Mar 20 2010, 01:39 PM (285 Views)
HelenG
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One of my favourite Hadrian's Wall authors was William Hutton. He set out on foot from Birmingham in 1801 at the age of 78 and walked the length of Hadrian's Wall in both directions before walking home (a round trip of some 600 miles).

He did not visit Vindolanda but included it in his account of his journey for completeness. His researches at the time led him to believe that Vindolanda served as a prison. He says 'that this is corroborated by a remark of our writers, "That there was discovered under a heap of rubbish a square room below the ground, strongly vaulted, and paved with large square stones, set in lime; and under this another room, whose roof was supported by rows of square pillars." These two rooms could answer no end but that of a prison.'

Does anyone know which building this was, and who "our writers" may have been?

NB if anyone wants an entertaining read, the account has been republished by Frank Graham of Newcastle with ISBN 0859831302. It is interesting to compare the view of antiquarians of the time with what we now believe to be the true history of the wall.

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Helen
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